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Welcome to 2 New Nutrition Today Columnists!

Nutrition Today is delighted that 2 new columnists, Sylvia Rowe and Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, have joined the masthead. Each brings wonderful experience in her field to the journal. Sylvia Rowe, whose inaugural "Nutrition Communication" column appeared in the July/August issue, brings years of policy experience in her field to our readers. Formerly the president and chief executive officer of the International Food Information Council (IFIC), Rowe is currently the president of SR Strategies, a food consulting practice. Among her many accomplishments during her career at IFIC and the IFIC Foundation is the development of, an interactive nutrition and physical activity Web site for children and their families to help address childhood obesity. She also pioneered the groundbreaking "Food for Thought" media research and "Improving Public Understanding: Guidelines for Communicating Emerging Science on Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health" in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health. Rowe's understanding of and leadership on food issues in the United States and international arenas helped forge partnerships with leading health professional, government, academic, and consumer organizations and led to her becoming one of the most world-renown speakers, making science communications understandable for consumers. Welcome Sylvia! We look forward to your insights.

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Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, our new Sports Nutrition columnist, is the associate dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, Ga. She has been a faculty member in nutrition at GSU since 1980, teaching courses in sports nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, and geriatric nutrition, and is the sports nutrition consultant to athletic teams at GSU. Chris was a member of the Olympic Medical Support Group for the 1996 Olympic Games, where she served as an assistant medical administrator and was the liaison to the food service contractors, feeding athletes, officials, and volunteers during the Olympic Games. Additional professional involvements include serving as a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) from 1992 to 2003. She has extensive media experience and conducts numerous media interviews a year in television, radio, and print media. She writes a weekly column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled "Fit to Eat." She is currently the chair of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists and is the editor of the ADA publication Sports Nutrition: Client Education Handouts (2006). Dr Rosenbloom was named Outstanding Dietitian for the State of Georgia by the Georgia Dietetic Association. Welcome Chris!!!

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University of Maine Wins Food Science Education Grant

The University of Maine was recently announced as the second recipient of the Mettler Toledo Food Science Education Grant of more than $60,000 awarded yearly by the Mettler Toledo Food Science Grant committee. Applications are welcome.


Jean Pierre Habicht, New EV McCollum International Lecturer

Jean-Pierre Habicht, James Jamison Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, is the new EV McCollum International Lecturer for 2006-2007. Dr Habicht will deliver his lecture for the first time at the 14th Latin American Congress on Nutrition of the Latin American Nutrition Society (SLAN). It will be held in Florianopolis, Brazil, on November 2006. He will then deliver his lecture at the Society's annual meeting in Washington, DC, at the end of April in 2007.

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Movers and Shakers

Hubbard Named Assistant Surgeon General

Van S. Hubbard, MD, PhD, has been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the Public Health Service. He is 1 of only 8 individuals currently at the level of flag officer at National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr Hubbard is director of the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination of NIH and Associate Director for Nutritional Sciences at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. In these roles, he is responsible for the development of research initiatives and management of research programs related to the nutritional sciences and obesity. In addition, Hubbard serves as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on obesity. Congratulations, Van, on a meritorious career and well-deserved promotion!

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The American Dietetic Association Awards 8 Medallions

American Dietetic Association (ADA) recognized 8 of its outstanding members for service and leadership in ADA and for the dietetics profession. The winners will receive their awards during ADA's October Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii.


* Christina K. Biesemeier, MS, RD, LDN, FADA


* Anne E. Daly, MS, RD, BC-ADM,CDE


* Marion J. Franz, MS, RD, LD, CDE


* Charlette Gallagher-Allred, PhD, RD


* Edith H. Hogan, RD, LD


* Jane E. Libby, MS, RD, LDN


* Carlene Russell, MS, RD, LD, FADA


* Margaret J. Tate, MS, RD



Wedding Bells: Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Products Association Join Forces

The Grocery Manufacturers Association's (GMA) Board of Directors voted in favor of a merger with the Food Products Association (FPA), sealing a merger already approved by FPA's board and general membership. Beginning January 1, 2007, the merged organization will be known as GMA/FPA for the first year, after which it will be known only as GMA. GMA/FPA would represent approximately 300 member companies from every sector of the food, beverage, and consumer products industry. The merger will harness the collective expertise of the industry's leading government affairs and scientific and technical experts and will continue to identify areas of collaboration with customers to promote new technology and supply chain efficiency.


C. Manly Molpus, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of GMA, announced his retirement early this year. When the GMA/FPA merger is completed on January 1, 2007, Cal Dooley, current FPA president and chief executive officer, will lead the combined entity. Best wishes, GMA/FPA!


Satin Named Technical Director of Salt Institute

Morton Satin, an international technical marketing leader and former Head of the United Nation's global agribusiness program, has been appointed Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs for the Salt Institute. Satin replaces Susan Feldman, who has retired.


A molecular biologist educated at Sir George Williams and Queen's universities in Canada, Satin recently served as Executive Director of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, a nonprofit association of international agribusiness chief executive officers, academic leaders, and senior government officials. From 1985 to 2001, he directed the global agribusiness program of the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy. Before joining the United Nations, Satin served as a senior technical executive in multinational private sector agribusinesses. The Salt Institute is a global nonprofit association of salt producers and manufacturers.


Natural Products Association: New Name and Venerable Reputation

For its 70th anniversary, the National Nutritional Foods Association announced that it has officially changed its name to the Natural Products Association. The new name more accurately describes the organization's diverse membership base and positions the association to keep pace with the dynamic natural products marketplace. "Our new name not only reflects the breadth of our existing membership, but it also recognizes the association's position as the overarching trade organization for the natural products industry," said David Taylor, president of the Natural Products Association.



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October 26-27, 2006

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Fundamentals of Food and Drug Regulation


October 30-31, 2006

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American Public Health Association 133rd Annual Meeting and Exposition


November 4-8, 2006

Boston, Mass


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Income Volatility and Implications for Food Assistance Programs II


November 16-17, 2006

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Contemporary Diagnosis and Treatment of Vitamin D Related Disorders


December 4-5, 2006

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